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Is Zack Morris's 'time stop' ability in "Saved By the Bell" a supernatural ability?

As noted, Zack's time-stopping can affect the world of the show in real ways. We cannot read it as merely a narrative device. We have to accept that, in the world of the show, Zack really can stop ...
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Given the supposed time-line of GOTG Vol.2 why did Stan Lee claim to have been a Fed-Ex man?

According to James Gunn, the writer/director of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, has provided an explanation for this in a Facebook Live session with fans: “I actually read the Marvel fan sites and ...
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How did Rey find this structure intact?

Let's assume, for argument's sake, that Tatooine is just like Earth's sand-swept areas There's not a lot of things to naturally degrade the buildings It's a desert, so you have naturally low humidity ...
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Why is the "Arnold Schwarzenegger" terminator referred to by two different product numbers (T-101, T-800)?

According to the Terminator Wiki, James Cameron explicitly addresses this point in the DVD Commentary for Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The T-800 is the name of the series (i.e. the metal endoskeleton) ...
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Is there a continuity error between "Half Blood Prince" and "Chamber of Secrets" regarding the time the Chamber was first opened?

I think you may be confusing things. In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, we're shown that Lucius was Prefect when Snape entered Hogwarts, c.f. Chapter 33: And Severus Snape moved off to the ...
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Is Zack Morris's 'time stop' ability in "Saved By the Bell" a supernatural ability?

In a word, no. It was a "fourth wall break" that the makers modeled on the film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. "People think, oh, that was such a novel idea that you came up with," ...
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Was the use of "puddle jumper" in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Moebius" a continuity error?

Not a continuity error; it's a much older term. "Puddle jumper" is an American colloquial term dating to the 1930s. It refers to a class of small aircraft used on short, minor air routes — ie, for ...
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In what ways does The Cursed Child contradict established Harry Potter canon?

Note that many of these can be answered up, one way or another. Platforms 9 and 10 are separated by a metal barrier, not a brick wall He wheeled his trolley forward cautiously until it was right ...
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How did Círdan have a beard?

Tolkien once wrote that Legolas recognized Imrahil as part elven because no elves or part elves have beards. So why did he write that Círdan had a beard? Most of the ordinary elves mentioned in LOTR ...
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Why are people surprised that Hogwarts is non-apparateable?

I don't think everyone is surprised. The only people who mention Apparating into, or Disapparating out of, Hogwarts are students (generally Harry and Ron, repeatedly). Why would students be surprised/...
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Was the use of "puddle jumper" in the Stargate SG-1 episode "Moebius" a continuity error?

Since there is no communication between the SGC and Atlantis throughout most of season 8/season 1, there are no real reference points between their continuities. However, it is plausible that the ...
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Why are people surprised that Hogwarts is non-apparateable?

Let's review what Dumbledore said about Apparating: In any case, most Wizarding dwellings are magically protected from unwanted Apparators. I see a loophole: 'unwanted'. The Weasleys seem to ...
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In the second Deathly Hallows film, did Harry change clothes while Snape and McGonagall were fighting?

Harry has put on an academic robe, perhaps borrowed from another student, to tidy himself up a bit before entering the great hall. He then discards it immediately (from his left hand) after the camera ...
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Why does Captain Antilles in a New Hope say they're on a diplomatic mission?

Saying you're a Rebel scum with stolen information: you get tortured and killed 100% sure, and fail your mission 100% sure. Lying your zhopa off and claiming (reasonably valid, technically speaking) ...
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Why are some villains in Gotham so much older than Bruce Wayne?

It's a common thing... Altering relative ages isn't new in superhero stories, they're just doing it a lot more often on this show. For example, sometimes Superman is older than Batman (he's often ...
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Did Tom Riddle and Voldemort have the same wand?

It's the "same" wand, just redesigned. None of the movie wands were special-looking in the first two films. Prisoner of Azkaban introduced the personalized wands, and the trend remained ...
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How did Círdan have a beard?

Tolkien, having spent his entire life writing his Legendarium, changed his mind several times on certain things or simply forgot. I can't give you a 100% concrete answer, but I recall from "The ...
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In the second Deathly Hallows film, did Harry change clothes while Snape and McGonagall were fighting?

From the film script: [Everyone in the hall stays absolutely silent. After a few seconds, footsteps are heard as Harry, who hid among the Gryffindor house students and wearing a Gryffindor robe, ...
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Did Voyager "shave off" more years than were necessary?

As you've noted, there is indeed a slight discrepancy here. The total distance 'shaved' actually exceeds the straight-line distance, however we know that they also spent several years in normal space ...
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Why is the "Arnold Schwarzenegger" terminator referred to by two different product numbers (T-101, T-800)?

The T-800 is a series of terminators, of which the CSM (Cyberdyne Systems Model)-101 was just one implementation of the T-800 series. The CSM-102 had an identical skeletal structure, but looked like ...
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Why did Jedi in the prequel movies use the Force offensively?

The answer to this lies in the way you interpret their actions. From my point of view, whenever the Jedi have used their force powers, it can always be considered defence as they are never the ones to ...
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Why did Jedi in the prequel movies use the Force offensively?

I think one thing to remember is that Jedi can sense the intentions of others and sense danger. Therefore, a lot of what looks like offensive violence to us might actually be defensive. A good ...
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Why does Captain Antilles in a New Hope say they're on a diplomatic mission?

Pablo Hidalgo was asked this question on Twitter; according to him, the mere fact of being on a consular ship is enough to give the crew diplomatic immunity: @HalfshellSeacon: Why do Leia and ...
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What language does Greedo speak?

Greedo is probably speaking Huttese in A New Hope. I say probably because there doesn't seem to be a canonical source that explicitly states the language in use. Supporting, but not conclusive ...
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Why did Scotty think Capt Kirk was alive?

There are several explanations offered by the show's principals. Continuity is not king In an AOL chat, showrunner Ronald D. Moore handwaved the issue by saying that Scotty was momentarily confused. ...
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Nightcrawler in X2 and Apocalypse

In Days of Future Past, Magneto and Xavier, with the help of Kitty Pryde, send Wolverine's consciousness back in time to the 70's to change history. He succeeds, and creates a new timeline. X2 is in ...
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Did Sheridan really destroy the EAS Roanoke?

I believe it's a continuity error, based on this quote from JMS: About Sheridan asking the Roanoke to surrender Yeah...the reference was kafuffled. There was so much going on, so many EFX ...
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How long did Harry's belief that he would live with Sirius last?

We have a pretty good timeline of the night. I will attempt to map it with known times, and suspected times. 11:55 pm - Harry and Hermione go back in time exactly 3 hours. “I am going to lock ...
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Were there two endings to Conan the Barbarian?

You are correct. Different takes were used on Conan approaching Thulsa Doom's pulpit between the U. S. and international releases. In the American edit, they used only takes in which Valerie ...
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Is there any indication that 2022's "The Batman" and 2019's "Joker" are in the same world?

Todd Phillips was asked if Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker would ever appear alongside Robert Pattinson’s Batman in a future film. He has flatly ruled it out. “Joker” director and co-writer Todd Phillips ...
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